By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
The tumult of this summer is over for the Gate 3:16 Outreach Centre, as a new home has been found.
The organization, which had to leave its previous location for a multitude of reasons, will be moving in to 64 Albany Street in Oshawa.
Gate 3:16 has been helping the homeless and less fortunate since 1990.
It is a Christian organization with the name taken straight from a Bible verse.
People that are ages 24 and up and need some help can receive assistance from the organization.
The organization was forced to move out of its location at 394 Simcoe St. S. on July 1 after it was advised by the owners that the building was not up to fire code standards. The group was already actively looking for a new place to call home since its lease had expired.
According to Betty Mann, the board president of Gate 3:16, they will be moving into their new home towards the end of October.
“We have [Mayor John Henry] to thank for all the help that he’s given us,” she says.
She says they chose the new location for several reasons, but it was important that it is close to the old location so that clients won’t have to go too far out of their way to find the new place.
While they were searching for their new home, Gate 3:16 held its annual Ride for the Gate event on Sept. 22 along the Oshawa Creek.
However, Mann says that they only “did okay” at the event, as there was not a big turnout.
She credits the small turnout with the amount of uncertainty surrounding the organization at the time.
“[The turnout] wasn’t so great because a lot of people were waiting to know if we actually had a building or not,” she says.
However, now that they have found their new home, Mann is much more confident that things will pick up from here.
Their next event will be on Oct. 13 and is a concert from harpist Eduard Klassen at the King Street Community Church.
For more information or to offer support, visit gate316.org.